Morris Watercolor Guild celebrates 20 years

MORRIS – The Morris Watercolor Guild celebrated its 20-year anniversary earlier this month gathering its founding members and community supporters for an anniversary ribbon cutting with the Grundy County Chamber.

“MWG is a nonprofit guild who makes time to paint, create and socialize with fellow artists,” Patricia Neff, Guild secretary, said in a news release. “Some artists sell their works, and various artwork items are for sale and displayed at local galleries.”

The work of the MWG are displayed at four local businesses who share their space as galleries: U.C. Davis-Callahan Funeral Home at 301 W. Washington St. in Morris, the Morris Theatre Guild at 516 W. Illinois Ave. in Morris, the First United Methodist Church at 118 W. Jackson St. in Morris and at the Grundy County Historical Society at 510 W. Illinois Ave. in Morris.

The Guild meets from 1-3:30 p.m. most Fridays at the Methodist Church. They also periodically hold all-day Friday workshops. They have more than 50 members over a 50-mile radius. The group specializes in watercolor techniques, education, critiques and art workshops that feature guest artists.

The MWG celebrated its 20th anniversary June 4 with a gathering at the Wesley Center in Morris. Current and founding members, Morris Mayor Chris Brown, IL. State Rep. Jed Davis, IL. State Rep. Jason Bunting, a representative from State Sen. Tom Bennett as well as community and Chamber members. An anniversary ribbon cutting was held to commemorate the occasion.

“The talent the watercolor guild has and nurtures from others is truly special. We are thrilled for the MWG’s milestone and to welcome them to the Grundy Chamber to help spread awareness of their group and their talent,” Chamber President & CEO Christina Van Yperen said.

The guild welcomes anyone interested in the art of watercolors, whether they are a novice, an accomplished artist or just want to paint for enjoyment. All experience levels are welcome. Individual memberships are $20 a year, a family is $30, college students ages 18-25 is $10. Junior memberships are $5. Benefits of membership include a discount on workshops, use of the Member Art Library, networking opportunities and participation in plein air and field trips.

The next MWG art show will be Aug. 17 at the Methodist Church during the Liberty Arts Festival in downtown Morris. All are welcome to attend.

For more information on the Morris Watercolor Guild call Pat Neff at 815-207-0956.

For more information on the chamber visit or call 815-942-0113.